Tim Roth has signed on to star in David Cronenberg‘s developing TV series, Knifeman. Knifeman is based on Wendy Moore‘s biography about 18th century surgeon John Hunter; when the project was announced, I longed for a period piece. But Deadline says Roth will play “John Tattersall, a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body.” So it looks like Hunter will be the inspiration, not the character. Too bad, but given the premise and Cronenberg’s involvement, Knifeman still sounds like something more than your typical medical drama. Skipping the pilot process, Media Rights Capital ordered the show straight to series and plans to shop it out to networks soon. Roth is all in on Knifeman, which means he’ll bow out as star of the drama project he was developing with Lie to Me showrunner Alex Cary—Roth will stay on as producer.
Cronenberg will direct the first episode from a script by Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) based on a story Jones conceived with Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). Cronenberg, Jones, and Fitzgerald will produce alongside Sam Raimi, Josh Donen, Robert Zotnowski, and Renee Tab. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Moore’s biography, The Knife Man.